Parc Spirou Provence

Parc Spirou Provence
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Location
Monteux, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Status Operating
Opened 16 June 2018
Operating season April-October
Area 4.5 hectares
Website https://www.parc-spirou.com/

Parc Spirou Provence is a theme park located in Monteux, France. The park opened in 2018 and uses famous characters from the Dupuis comics.

History

Parc Spirou Provence was first announced in 2013, with an opening date of 2015 and a budget of €36 million.[1]

The park was delayed a number of times, and each time news came out of the project the proposal was different. One of them included a GCI Wooden Coaster while another included a Zierer Thrill coaster, similar to Wicked at Lagoon. Ultimately, none of these coasters ended up in the final proposal, and construction started in 2017.

The park was inaugurated on 1 June 2018 and opened to the public on the 16 of June 2018 to negative reviews,[2] who criticized the small number of attraction, the lack of themed areas, the lack of a Water Ride and most importantly the lack of shade and greenery inside the park.[3]

In fact, during most of the season only 11 rides were open, including a trio of Zierer coasters, En Avant Seccotine, Wanted Dalton and Spirou Racing, but also two simulator type rides in Gaffe à Gaston and Mesozoik Island (Now known as Supergroom et les Dinozorgs). Because of these problems, only 120,000 peoples visited the new park this year, falling short of its 300,000 target.[4]

To fix these issues and improve the park, the park spent €15 million in 2019, to add 6 new rides, including 2 coasters, a playground and €850,000 worth of trees.[5]

The most notable new rides were the tallest Roller Ball in the world, Nid des Marsupilamis, the star shape Eviv Bulgroz, the drop tower Zombillenium Tower and the flume Lucky River.

These additions had a big impact on the attendance that rose to 280,000 visitors, approaching the original goal.[4]

The additions didn't stop in 2020, as the park spent €3 million[5] to add 3 flat rides, including Crash Blorks, an Air Race, as well as another playground, a new film in the Immersive Tunnel and plenty of general park improvements.

But the even with these additions the attendance did not increase because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2021 Parc Spirou Provence introduced 2 themed areas. While Lucky Town only consisted in the addition of facades and landscaping near the 2 Lucky Luke themed rides, the Marsu Jungle debuted with a new ride, Splash Piranha, a retheme of Spip Jumper into Palombie Secrète, and a tropical forest.[6] In order to bring these new additions to reality the park invested €3 millions.[7]

Roller coasters

Present

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
En Avant Seccotine Zierer Kiddie June 16, 2018[8] Operating
Nid des Marsupilamis Ride Engineers Switzerland 4th Dimension April 17, 2019[9] Operating
Spirou Racing Zierer Sit-Down June 16, 2018[8] Operating
Wanted Dalton Zierer Family June 16, 2018[8] Operating

Past

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Boule et Bill Déboulent Preston & Barbieri Spinning
Family
June 21, 2019 2019 Unknown

Attractions

Operating

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Aéro Champignac Zierer Waveswinger June 16, 2018[10]
Boule et Bill déboulent Preston & Barbieri Junior Ferris Wheel 2020
Crash Blorks Zamperla Air Race 2020
Eviv Bulgroz Zierer Star Shape 2019
Fantasio Rodéo Zierer Rockin' Tug June 16, 2018[10]
Gaffe à Gaston Simworx Simulator June 16, 2018[11]
Houba Zierer Junior Drop Tower (VR since 2019) June 16, 2018[10]
Houbi Zierer Junior Drop Tower June 16, 2018[10]
Lucky River HAFEMA Water Rides Log Flume 2019[9]
Marsu Aventures Simworx 4D Theatre 2019[12]
Marsu Palombia Zierer Jets June 16, 2018[10]
Palombie Secrète Metallbau Emmeln Pony Trek June 16, 2018[10]
Spirou Parade Preston & Barbieri Gallopers July 4, 2020[13]
Splash Piranha Ride Engineers Switzerland Water Jumble June 12, 2021[6]
Supergroom et les Dinozorgs Simworx Immersive Tunnel June 16, 2018[11] (New film since 2020)
Zombillenium Tower Funtime Drop Tower 2019[9]

Closed

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Zombillenium Dark Ride[14] Simworx[14] Trackless Dark Ride[14] 2018[14] 2018 Unknown

Attendance

Year Attendance Growth
2018 120 000[4] N/A
2019 280 000[4] +133.3%
2020 210 000 -25%[15]

Park maps

References

  1. Jean-Bernard Litzler (18/09/2013). "Spirou et Lagaffe, nouveaux héros d'un futur parc d'attractions" (in French). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  2. "Parc Spirou : une inauguration en grande pompe" (in French) (04/06/2018). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  3. Christophe Levent (22/08/2019). "Le petit parc d’attractions Spirou veut devenir grand" (in French). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Christophe Levent (22/08/2019). "Le petit parc d’attractions Spirou veut devenir grand" (in French). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Christian Gravez (12/11/2019). "Monteux : le Parc Spirou va investir trois millions d'euros en 2020" (in French). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Le Parc Spirou Provence met en scène ses nouveautés de la 4e saison". Bus & Car - Tourisme de Groupe. 08/06/2021. https://www.tourhebdo.com/tourismedegroupe/actualites/loisirs/le-parc-spirou-provence-met-en-scene-ses-nouveautes-de-la-4e-saison-672157.php. Retrieved 13/06/2021. 
  7. "Vaucluse : le parc Spirou Provence dévoile sa date de réouverture" (in French), Le Dauphiné (19/05/2021). Retrieved on 13/06/2021.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Parc Spirou Provence : À la Pointe de la Technologie" (in French) (??/??/2018). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Christophe Levent (22/08/2019). "Le petit parc d’attractions Spirou veut devenir grand" (in French). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 "Parc Spirou Provence : À la Pointe de la Technologie" (in French) (??/??/2018). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Parc Spirou Provence : À la Pointe de la Technologie" (in French) (??/??/2018). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  12. Philippe Paupert (24/04/2019). "Le parc Spirou rêve de 400.000 visiteurs à Monteux" (in French). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  13. "Vidéo - Monteux : Jean-Pierre Papin a inauguré ce matin le nouveau carrousel Spirou Parade au Parc Spirou" (in French), La Provence (04/07/2020). Retrieved on 24/04/2021.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 "Parc Spirou Provence : À la Pointe de la Technologie" (in French) (??/??/2018). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.
  15. Nicolas Lavergne (12/10/2020). "Monteux : comment le parc Spirou a-t-il résisté à la crise du Covid ?" (in French). Retrieved on 25/02/2021.